New leader of Burntwood Town Council will need to be Superwoman to balance three roles, Labour rival claims

The new leader of Burntwood Town Council would need to be Superwoman to represent three different areas at once, a Labour councillor has claimed.

Cllr Norma Bacon and Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Norma Bacon and Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Norma Bacon was appointed less than a month after a controversial decision to co-opt her onto the council.

Opposition councillors say an agreement had been made to allow Rob Birch to be co-opted following the resignation of Labour’s Keith Willis-Croft in the Chasetown ward.

Cllr Eric Drinkwater, Labour representative for Chase Terrace on the council, has questioned how Cllr Bacon can balance her roles on Lichfield District Council and Lichfield City Council with the leadership of Burntwood Town Council.

“There was me thinking Superman and Superwoman were myths,” he said. “How wrong can one be?

“We now have a woman representing Leomansley ward for Lichfield City Council, Curborough ward for Lichfield District Council and Chasetown ward for Burntwood Town Council. To top it all, Norma Bacon is now the leader of the Tory group on Burntwood Town Council too.

“All of this is a tall order by anyone’s standards.”

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6 Comments

  1. The Scribbler

    15th June, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Never underestimate the power of Bacon.

  2. Jon O'Hagan

    15th June, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t want to contradict you Eric, but your own labour colleague, Sue Woodward sits on three different councils too;isn’t she a County Councillor, District Councillor, and Parish Councillor?

  3. Sue Woodward

    15th June, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, Cllr O’Hagan, I am on three councils as many County Council members are, including County Councillors in Lichfield District and I represent THE SAME AREA on the three councils. You’re missing the essential point in Eric’s comments i.e. How can one individual represent three different areas on three different councils? You make this comment because I am a Labour councillor, a partial and partisan jibe which brings you no credit at all.

  4. Steven Norman

    15th June, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Yes, an excellent one, and for the same electors in the ward and which is part of the County Division. In a met area there would just be one representative.

    More odd is working in the NHS and supporting a Tory Government – now there’s something to wonder at.

  5. The Teach

    15th June, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I think Jon O’Hagan completely misses the point! Sue Woodward lives in the constituency and represents the people of that constituency on each of the councils to which she was elected! Cllr Bacon was not elected to Burntwood TOWN Council. I feel sure that there will be at some time in the not too distant future, an occasion when meetings of say, BTC and LCC are scheduled at the same time. Which will she choose? Probably non-attendance!

  6. Jennie Crosby

    17th June, 2017 at 12:19 am

    No superwoman she’s just borrowed Hermione Granger’s Time Turner .

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